“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow” (1 Corinthians 3:7, NLT).
If you’ve ever planted a seed, you probably marveled at the whole process of growth taking place right before your eyes. How does a big plant grow from such a tiny seed? And how can tomatoes for example, come from the plant that came from the seed? It boggles the mind.
In verse 9 of this chapter, Paul tells the Corinthians they are God’s field in which he planted the seed and which Apollos watered, and he makes sure they understand God is the one giving the growth. Of course the seed also came from God. We are all gardeners with him, participating in growing his kingdom. It’s a beautiful picture of our Father the gardener, life in the Spirit and growth in the Son.